Jimmie Ward
Jimmie Ward
27-Year-Old CornerbackCB
San Francisco 49ers
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Ward has become known for his inability to stay on the field, fully completing just one of his four seasons in San Francisco. While his health has hurt his career early on, the 49ers' inability to stick to a plan with the 26-year-old has probably stunted his development as well. Drafted as a safety out of college, Ward was quickly shifted to a cornerback, then moved to the nickel, then back to free safety last season, and now the 49ers have said they are considering giving him reps at corner again. The team restocked its defensive back depth through the draft and free agency this offseason, but Ward figures to have a starting job somewhere in this secondary. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $7.11 million contract with the 49ers in May of 2014. 49ers exercised $8.53 million team option for 2018 in April of 2017.
Practices in full Thursday
CBSan Francisco 49ers
September 6, 2018
Ward (quad) was a full participant in Thursday's practice, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
After being limited in practice to begin the week, Ward was encouragingly able to participate fully on Thursday. Expected to play a rotational role in San Francisco's secondary this season, Ward is trending towards suiting up for Sunday's season opener against the Vikings.
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Snap Counts
  • 2018 Defensive Snaps:
    24
  • 2018 Special Teams Snaps:
    29
 
Def Snaps:
ST Snaps:
2016
668
92
2017
431
37
2018
24
29
Measurables Overview

(Compared to other CBs)

Height:   5' 11"
BELOW AVERAGE
Weight:   193 lbs
BELOW AVERAGE
40-Yard Dash:   4.47 sec
ELITE
Shuttle Time:   4.24 sec
ELITE
Cone Drill:   6.89 sec
ELITE
Arm Length:   31.00 in
BELOW AVERAGE
Hand Length:   9.38 in
BELOW AVERAGE
Vertical Jump:   38 in
ELITE
Broad Jump:   125 in
ELITE
Bench Press:   9 reps
TERRIBLE
San Francisco 49ers Team Injury Report
Questionable
Doubtful
Out
Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
2015
2014
A first-round pick out of Northern Illinois, Ward is a former beloved prospect whose high expectations haven't been met early in his career, though position changes and injury can perhaps be blamed to a considerable extent. Ward played quite a bit of cornerback to this point in his four-year career, limiting his career high in tackles to 57. But Ward is expected to focus on free safety this year, a position he proved dominant at in college. Playing free safety might limit Ward's tackle upside somewhat, but this is a player who intercepted 10 passes in his last two years of college.
Yet another 49ers defender who stands to benefit from the Chip Kelly bump, Ward is a former first-round pick at safety who has yet to stand out in the NFL, but probably has the tools to finally do it in 2016. He'll likely start at corner for San Francisco while moving into the slot in nickel formations, which will give him the chance to defend the run more often than a purely outside corner. Still, Ward is a boom-or-bust IDP consideration due to the speculative nature of his exact role.
Ward was in-and-out of the lineup in 2014, missing eight games due to quad and foot issues. Despite being drafted as a safety, the 49ers used Ward as their nickelback against three-and-four receiver sets. His size (5-foot-10, 193 pounds) was one of the main reasons San Francisco used him at corner rather than safety, and he will likely resume that role in 2015.
Ward was the 49ers' first round pick in 2014, and he figures to line up in three-safety sets and also as a nickel cornerback. While he is undersized (5-10), Ward provides excellent agility and closing speed. He is still recovering from foot surgery this off-season, but he should be ready by the time training camp begins.
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Questionable to return Saturday
CBSan Francisco 49ers
Quadriceps
August 25, 2018
Ward is questionable to return to Saturday's game against the Colts due to a quad injury, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.
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Back on practice field
CBSan Francisco 49ers
August 5, 2018
Ward (hamstring) returned to practice Sunday, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.
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Limited in practice
CBSan Francisco 49ers
Hamstring
August 4, 2018
Ward (hamstring) returned to practice Friday, participating in a limited fashion, Matt Maiocco of NBS Sports Bay Area reports.
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Dealing with hamstring tightness
CBSan Francisco 49ers
Hamstring
August 2, 2018
Ward (hamstring) sat out Wednesday's practice after feeling tightness in his hamstring following Tuesday's team activities, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
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Limited participant in minicamp
CBSan Francisco 49ers
Forearm
June 29, 2018
Ward (forearm) was held out of team drills during this month's minicamp, Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee reports.
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